In partnership with the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) Philippines and local partners, Guidelines International Ministries has planted a community radio station in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines – the site of Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded.
Days after the storm struck in 2013, an FEBC First Response Radio Team quickly constructed a low-power FM station under a tent of tarps atop the town’s nearly destroyed city hall. The station provided critical emergency information when no other media was on air after the cyclone hit Tacloban City, claiming more than 6,300 lives and leaving nearly four million homeless.
After four years of prayer and partnership development, 97.5 DYFE-FM, “The First Response of the Community,” was launched in May 2018. The station offers a variety of programming including Guidelines devotionals. Bible teaching by local pastors, business and agriculture programs, and features for women and seniors are produced by the community. Guidelines distributed solar-powered radios to resettled families, in partnership with Galcom International.
“This is a wonderful story of the Body of Christ coming together in a time of great need and God providing an opportunity to move forward in healing and future growth,” explained Bonnie Sala, Guidelines’ president, in a press release.
FEBC Philippines’ president, Dan Andrew Cura, added: “Just as we provided critical information in the city’s time of disaster, we need to continue rehabilitation. The community knows that DYFE will always be here as ‘The First Response of the Community.’”
The Tacloban station is the second community radio partnership of Guidelines and FEBC Philippines – a relationship that spans five decades. The first station partnership is on the island of Palawan. Guidelines Community Radio Initiative was established to bring Christian radio to “deaf spots” of the Philippines and around the world, by establishing community-based radio stations and equipping partners on the ground to provide Bible-based, people-oriented programming.
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By NRB Staff
Published: July 12, 2018